Monthly Archives: May 2014

FitzRoy, Oleg Pliss, Spotify and TrueCrypt - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]


Did FitzRoy get hacked? Who is Oleg Pliss? What's up with Spotify? Where has TrueCrypt gone?

60 Second Security - 31 May 2014

Is Facebook coming for your kids?

Is Facebook coming for your kids?

It's once again filed a patent application for a system that lets children sign up with the authorisation of a parent, as opposed to just slipping through the cracks by lying about their age. Is Facebook doing enough to keep them safe?

Google unenthusiastically launches 'right to be forgotten' request form

Google unenthusiastically launches 'right to be forgotten' request webform

Today, Google unenthusiastically launched a service that allows European citizens to request the removal of links that include their name and which are deemed "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed." Google's Larry Page slates the ruling as harmful to internet start ups and favourable to "oppressive governments".

'Half of American adults hacked' in the past year - really?

'Half of American adults hacked' in the past year - really?

A new study publicized this week claims that almost half of all American adults have had their personal data hacked in the past year. Headline-grabbing truth-stretching? Or have 110 million Americans really been hacked?

Google Glass Explorers vilify restaurant that bans their headgear

Google Glass

Some Glass users are fighting back against establishments that have the *ahem* audacity to request privacy for their patrons, and negative reviews are their weapons of choice - even if they've never set foot in the place.

Apple iOS ransomware mystery deepens - "Oleg Pliss" pops up in LA

The mysterious Oleg Pliss, who popped up on iPhones in Australia earlier this week, demanding $100 "for unlock device," is back.

Now we're hearing reports from Southern California...

Which of your favourite websites are terrible at passwords?

Shocked man. Image courtesy of Shutterstock

The answer: most of them! In fact, the password policies of 86% of the most popular sites out there don't even qualify as adequate, according to a security roundup done quarterly by password management firm Dashlane.

True mystery of the disappearing TrueCrypt disk encryption software


Webdriver Torso has nothing on this week's mysteries!

First it was Apple iPhones in Australia announcing they'd been hacked; now it's venerable disk encryption software TrueCrypt abruptly claiming to have killed itself off...

SSCC 149 - Apple devices ransomed, eBay breached, carders busted and more [PODCAST]


Chester Wisnieski and Paul Ducklin dig into the important security stories of the past week, and pull out some lessons we can all learn.

If you haven't listened to a "Chet Chat" before, now's the time to give it a try!

62-year-old man arrested over tweeting as 'ghost' of murdered toddler James Bulger

62-year-old man arrested over tweeting as 'ghost' of murdered toddler James Bulger

The Twitter troll made sick jokes about the 2-year-old, baited his mother and the charity she set up in his name, and made veiled threats about sexual abuse and death aimed at a 2-day-old baby.

Our online advertising model fails have put us all in danger

Pig. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Why hand over hard-earned cash for something when we can get the same thing for free? It seems like a no-brainer, but our unwillingness to pay for things directly has led the internet into a dark and dangerous corner where a dependence on advertising is putting our privacy and security on the line.

LulzSec hacker Sabu walks free after "extraordinary" FBI cooperation


After spending seven months in prison, former LulzSec hacker-turned-snitch Hector Xavier Monsegur (aka "Sabu") has finally been sentenced.

Yes, your smartphone camera can be used to spy on you...


A researcher claims to have written an Android app that takes photos and videos using the device camera, even while the screen is turned off - so you wouldn't even know the camera was spying on you.

Iranian court beckons Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to answer accusations of privacy violation

Mark Zuckerberg. Image courtesy of Frederic Legrand /

An Iranian court has not only opened a case against Facebook's instant-message services WhatsApp and Instagram; it's also summoned that "American Zionist" Mark Zuckerberg himself to answer complaints of privacy violation.

Will it be Apple versus Google for control of your smart home?

Will it be Apple versus Google for control of your smart home?

Rumor has it that Apple is poised to jump into the Internet of Things fray with Google, with plans to announce a new software platform that would turn an iPhone into a remote-control platform for lighting systems, home security, kitchen gadgets and the like.

Spotify warns its Android app users of breach, says to download new version

Spotify logo

Spotify has told users of its music-streaming app for Android to upgrade to a new version, after the company spotted unauthorized access to its systems and internal company data.

Many Spotify users will no doubt be annoyed at the company for the inconvenience, but we think it's worth it for their own security.

5 tips to make your Facebook account safer [UPDATED]

5 tips to make your Facebook account safer [UPDATED]

Here's an updated version of our invaluable tips to make your Facebook account safer. We take you step-by-step through the settings and options to limit your post visibility and prevent unauthorised access. Have you done all five?

Apple ransomware strikes Australia - pay Oleg $100 or else


This morning, a number of Australian iPad and iPhone users woke up to a strange sight.

"Device hacked by Oleg Pliss. For unlock device..."

New Zealand's 18-tonne supercomputer - was it hacked, or not?

There's a storm brewing in New Zealand, it seems, after news that a supercomputer at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research was "hacked."

11 arrested as Europol busts Bulgarian carding gang


A joint operation between French and Bulgarian law enforcement, backed by Europol's European Cybercrime Centre, has brought down a carding gang operating out of Bulgaria and targeting victims in France and other European countries.